Circuit of The Americas, USA
Support Race at the FORMULA 1 LENOVO UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
21 – 23 October 2022
Thrilling Action from Masters Drivers at the Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix 2022!
At the invitation of Formula 1, Masters Historic Racing was delighted to entertain the huge crowds at Circuit of The Americas last weekend with thrilling action from two fully booked run groups, in support of the Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix 2022!
Masters Endurance Legends USA – Race 1
Jamie Constable claimed victory in the opening Masters Endurance Legends race of the weekend at the Circuit of the Americas, in support of Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix.
Constable held second during the opening stages as pole sitter Guy Cosmo blasted into an early lead behind the wheel of the Cadillac Dallara P217, fronting the field by 8.7 seconds.
But the race was neutralised following a couple of separate incidents, with Cal Meeker’s Spice GTP coming to a halt as Tim Day Jnr. spun through the stadium section.
The restart lasted only a couple of minutes as Razvan Sporea rotated at Turn 1 while a collision between Christopher Milner and Alexander Marmureanu into Turn 12 left debris on track.
Constable came into the pit lane to make his mandatory stop while Cosmo entered the pit lane one lap later to hand over to Wayne Jackson, incurring the one-minute time penalty for an elite driver in the process.
Those pit stops briefly handed the lead to Alexander Berg as the safety car came in and he used the free air to good effect, before he too stopped for his mandatory service.
Constable inherited the lead, some 18 seconds clear of Claude Malette, before the Canadian’s race was interrupted when he came to a stop at Turn 11.
Malette was able to get his Lola Toyota Rebellion back up and running though relinquished second spot to Mirco Schultis, before the safety car was called for a third time after an incident involving Charles DiPasquale and Tom Mueller at Turn 1.
As time expired the chequered flag was shown with Constable triumphant in the Pescarolo LMP1, ahead of Schultis and Malette, with James Sofronas the lead GT3 runner in fourth place overall.
Brad Hoyt and James Davison shared duties en route to fifth place while sixth spot was taken by Dante Tornello, in front of Travis Engen and Danny Baker.
Bob Mueller and George Kurtz rounded out the top 10, ahead of erstwhile leader Berg, while the safety car duration hobbled the potential of Jackson to bring the pole-sitting car back into contention, winding up 14th overall.
Masters Endurance Legends USA – Race 2
Race 1 victor Constable opened a lead at the rolling start and responded to early pressure by blitzing the field with a spate of fastest laps.
A Safety Car period, caused by Charles DiPasquale spinning and stalling the Elan DP02 at Turn 11, threatened Constable’s position but he made his mandatory pit stop and retained a comfortable advantage.
Constable ticked off the laps after the Safety Car phase to chalk up his second win of the weekend by over half a minute.
While Constable controlled proceedings there was some fierce competition for the remaining leading positions.
Dante Tornello was one of the big movers early on, climbing from fourth to second in as many laps, though relinquished positions during the Safety Car period and occupied only seventh.
Tornello set about closing in on his rivals and made it up to fourth spot before a spin through the Turn 11 hairpin left him back down in seventh, where he remained.
One of the highlights of the race was a fierce scrap between George Kurtz, Alexander Berg and James Sofronas, in which the trio at one stage ran three abreast into the hairpin – and all emerged unscathed.
Berg eventually seized the initiative to finish runner-up to the dominant Constable, while Travis Engen made up two positions from the start to climb onto the podium in third place.
Mirco Schultis suffered two spins during the race but still reached the chequered flag in fourth, ahead of Kurtz and Sofronas, with Tornello seventh after his late setback.
Danny Baker had a wild moment through the Turn 19 but recovered to grab eighth place, with Cal Meeker and Tim Day Jnr recovering from near the back of the grid following Race 1 issues to round out the top 10.
Masters Historic Racing Single Seaters – Race 1
Constable streaked clear from pole position and fronted the field into the imposing Turn 1 hairpin, before opening a slender but comfortably advantage for much of the 20-minute + 1 lap encounter.
Constable ultimately led all 11 laps of the race to pick up victory at the Circuit of the Americas aboard the Tyrrell 011B, with the race finishing behind the Safety Car following an incident for Stephen Romak.
The rear wing detached from the Tyrrell 012-6 and the field was neutralised as time expired.
Much of the intrigue in the race was focused on the battle for the runner-up position.
Cal Meeker and Jonathan Holtzman preserved their grid positions on the opening lap but Holtzman launched a daring move into the Turn 1 hairpin on the second lap to move ahead and emerge as Constable’s nearest rival.
But rather than pursue the leader Holtzman was unable to escape Meeker’s clutches and the Canadian eventually regained the position, leaving them in second and third respectively through to the flag.
Lee Mowle was fourth in the Lotus 78/2 while Bud Moeller guided his Williams FW08C past Ron Maydon’s LEC CRP1 early on to take fifth spot, with Maydon also overhauled by Dan Collins in the Lotus 91/8.
Gray Gregory collected eighth position in the March 761 with the March 741 of Richard Griot moved up to ninth place.
Penske PC4 driver Doug Mockett rounded out the top 10 at the conclusion of an encounter watched on by packed grandstands at the Circuit of the Americas.
Masters Historic Racing Single Seaters – Race 2
Meeker dropped back on the opening lap, relinquishing second spot to Jonathan Holtzman, as Race 1 winner Jamie Constable checked out from pole position in fine and sunny conditions.
However, Constable’s pursuit of a perfect weekend was interrupted when the Safety Car was called after Kyle Buxton’s March 77B came to a halt along the back straightaway.
The stricken car was swiftly removed and at the restart Holtzman threatened Constable’s position into the uphill Turn 1 – where drama struck.
As the Tyrrell 011B and Lotus 87B rounded the hairpin the two cars tangled, with Constable’s car launched skywards and sustaining damage as it bounced back down onto the tarmac.
Constable was out, and parked his car in a safe spot, and while Holtzman was able to continue Meeker snuck through to grab the lead in his Tyrrell 009.
From there, Meeker was never headed as he preserved a slender but comfortable buffer over Holtzman, with the race finishing behind the Safety Car after separate late issues for Laurent Parmentier in the Chevron B39 and Dave Zurlinden in the Ralt RT1.
However, while Holtzman crossed the line in second the race stewards ultimately handed him a time penalty due to the clash with Constable, dropping him down the timing board.
That meant the fight between Lee Mowle and Bud Moeller turned into a jostle for the runner-up position.
Moeller shadowed Mowle and made a move along the back straightaway, moving his Williams FW08 ahead of the Lotus 78/2, mere moments before the race-ending Safety Car was brought out.
Masters Supremo, Ron Maydon, took fourth in the LEC CRP1, ahead of March 761 driver Gray Gregory and Lotus 91/8 racer Dan Collins.
Doug Mockett (Penske PC4), Richard Griot (March 741), Steve Cook (Chevron B27) and Danny Baker (Ralt RT1) preserved their respective positions through the race, gaining two spots each respectively when Constable retired and Holtzman was excluded, to complete the top 10.